Lawyer Magazine_Winter 2020


Each year at its Mission Awards event, the School of Law honors students, faculty, staff and alumni who exemplify the school’s mission, vision and values. At this year’s virtual awards ceremony in April, Ben Kwan ‘13 J.D. received one of two Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching. Eddie Ocampo ‘18 J.D. was presented with a Living the Mission Award. During the ceremony, Dean Vischer described ALUMNI RECEIVE MISSION AWARDS

Ben Kwan

Eddie Ocampo

Kwan, who teaches the mentor externship course to LL.M. in U.S. Law students, as “a source of knowledge, a trusted friend and mentor, and an oasis of calm in a year of foreign study that can often be marked by anxiety and uncertainty. His students have described him as a fantastic teacher. We are grateful for his willingness, not just to share knowledge, but to invest himself in building strong relationships with our international students.” “Eddie started living the mission well before law school, serving in the United States Marine Corps,” Director of Alumni Engagement and Student Life Gloria Myre ‘07 J.D. said when presenting Ocampo with his award. “Now as an attorney, he works on behalf of veterans through the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans legal clinics where he navigates veterans through their employment issues, and drafts wills, powers of attorney and healthcare directives. In addition, Eddie joined colleagues from Fredrikson and Byron to travel to Texas in 2019 to provide pro bono assistance to women seeking asylum at the border.”


Kiersten Idzorek ‘20 J.D. , Mark Landauer ‘20 J.D. and 3L Mary Susan Gerber took first place in the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition last spring. The team defeated groups from Creighton University, University of New Hampshire, University of Baltimore and Southern University Law Center to take top honors at the competition. This is the first year that St. Thomas has competed in the competition.

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